Clearview North May 2013 - Issue 138 - Page 33

INDUSTRYNEWS Poor Start to 2013 The first quarter of 2013 has got off to a disappointing start says FENSA, with notifications of replacement window and door installations in domestic properties down by 5.4% over the same period in 2012. January installations were down 10.6% compared with 2012, with February following 1.5% down and March 3.9% down. “Installation number continue to disappoint,” commented FENSA Operation Director Chris Mayne. “It will be interesting to see how our industry’s figures compare with those applying to the whole construction sector.” FENSA will be publishing Quarterly Window and Doors Installation figures during 2013 to allow the industry to accurately assess where the market is at any given time. They will also be used by FENSA’s sister company the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) to lobby government for support for our industry. 89% of all window installations are covered by FENSA according to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). *Calculated from the most up to date window and door installation figures - period January, February & March 2013 Garage doors and operators Entrance doors Steel doors £120 million funding competition for manufacturing supply chains Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise, opened Rounds 3 and 4 of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). AMSCI is a funding competition designed to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. £120 million is available for rounds 3 and 4, and the competition is open to all organisations that are part of a manufacturing supply chain. This funding is available to support research and development, skills training and capital investment. It will help UK supply chains achieve world-class standards and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK. Michael Fallon said: “I cannot stress enough the importance of developing strong supply chains if we want major manufacturers to invest in this county. In the new rounds of AMSCI we will welcome applications from foreign investors who wish to establish or strengthen their manufacturing presence in the UK.” Europe’s largest door programme • Europe’s no. 1 with more than 75 years of experience in the door construction business • Entrance doors with additional Secured by Design or WK 2 break-in-resistant equipment • Steel doors with thermal break for optimal thermal insulation Full competition details and information about the initiative including the Competition Brief and Guidance for Applicants can be found at 33/13 To read more, visit THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX 33 ref: CV